Friday 30 September 2016

Dissidents quizzed over Charles death threats

Greg Harkin

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Prince Charles meets cider maker Catherine McKeever in Portadown yesterday Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Prince Charles meets cider maker Catherine McKeever in Portadown yesterday Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí have quizzed a number of people behind a series of online death threats made against Prince Charles ahead of his visit to Co Donegal today.

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Detectives have carried out more than a dozen searches at homes across Donegal ahead of the arrival of the British royal and his wife Camilla.

While the visit has been widely welcomed in Donegal, dissidents opposed to it have made a number of "vile" threats on social media.

One man promised to "bring a bomb" to Letterkenny, while others threatened to disrupt the visit. Gardaí will facilitate a protest by dissidents on the outskirts of Letterkenny today, well outside a security zone.

Hundreds of extra gardaí have also been drafted in for an unprecedented security operation in the county.

PSNI officers in Derry have carried out a number of security operations ahead of the visit. Charles is to deliver a major speech on the peace process and cross-border co-operation at LYIT this afternoon.

Irish Independent

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